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I have power, all accessories work, but when I turn the key....nothing.

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Sounds like a flat battery. There may be enough charge in it to run the accessories, but starting needs a lot more. If you can get somebody to give you a "Jump Start", and it starts OK, then you'll know that it is flat. Or if you have a battery charger, put it on charge overnight. Another way to find out is to get a mechanic to come and check it, but you will have to pay him, of course.

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